Celebrations for Queen’s birthday at churches around Devon this weekend
Devon churches, including Exeter Cathedral, are marking the weekend of the Queen’s birthday with special services and events.
The Cathedral itself will be turned into a huge party venue for teenagers on Saturday night.
From a skate park and a football cage to pamper zone and giant inflatables, as well as big screen gaming, live bands and much more, the event aims to make connections with young people aged 13 and over.
Diocesan Youth Church Adviser Rev James Grier said it was “a rallying point to get young people to come to a great night out, which will hopefully provoke interest in Christian faith”.
Dozens of cakes – all with a Royal theme – have been baked to give away at the event.
James said: “As it combines with the weekend of celebrations to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, the party for young people will also act as a special way of celebrating the Queen’s faith and her own commitment to youth.”
The Cathedral will also hold a special choral Evensong on Sunday at 4pm, at which the Bishop of Exeter, Robert Atwell, will preach.
One of Bishop Robert’s roles is to ensure that new prayers and services are written to mark significant public events, like the Queen’s 90th birthday. Under his guidance, new prayers have been written for use this weekend.
Bishop Robert said: "The Queen has steered Britain through some challenging and difficult times over the past seven decades, providing the country with stability and wisdom. She is an inspiration to many people, young and old. The Queen's 90th birthday gives an opportunity not only to thank God for her service, but to celebrate the gifts of all older people in our society."
The Church of the Holy Cross in Crediton will be holding a Festival Service on Sunday 10am including music from Her Majesty’s Coronation Service and in St James Church, Ashreigney there will be a special ecumenical service of thanksgiving and praise followed by a village Hog Roast.